Rural men getting through adversity: Stories of resilience
Authors: Hegney, D., Gorman, D., McCullagh, B., Pearce, S., Rogers-Clark, C., Weir, J.
The aim of this study was to identify the factors that have helped rural men to move through adversity. A total of ten men from Queensland took part in the study. Participants shared their experiences through in-depth, unstructured interviews.
The participants shared a diverse range of difficulties in their lives, but on analysis it became apparent that there were similarities in how the participants overcame those difficult times. Two major themes identified in the study were: the individual and inner strength and support and strategies.
The data clearly shows that the rural men in this study have the ability to deal with difficult times in their lives. Their stories have been used in the book of narratives Tough Times, so they can be shared with other rural men to give hope and understanding of how other men dealt with adversity in their lives.
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